Xi Jinping (C), general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission (CMC), views “The Road Toward Renewal” exhibition along with other members of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee including Li Keqiang (3rd R), Zhang Dejiang (3rd L), Yu Zhengsheng (2nd R), Liu Yunshan (2nd L), Wang Qishan (1st R) and Zhang Gaoli (1st L) at the National Museum of China in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 29, 2012. Image credit: Xinhua | Lan Hongguang
At an historical exhibit in Beijing, accompanied by the other members of the Politburo Standing Committee, General Secretary Xi Jinping gave his second public speech since becoming leader, in which he pledged to continue the “great renewal of the Chinese nation.”
Talking about China’s today, Xi borrowed another sentence from Mao’s poems, “But man’s world is mutable, seas become mulberry fields,” referring to the country’s hard-earned finding of a correct road toward rejuvenation and its remarkable achievements since the launch of reform and opening up. “It is the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” he stressed.
Afterwards, Xi cited a poetic sentence from Li Bai, one of the best-known ancient Chinese poets, “I will mount a long wind some day and break the heavy waves.” It indicates that, after more than 170 years of hard struggle since the Opium War, the Chinese nation has bright prospects, is closer than ever to reaching its goal of great renewal, and is more confident and capable of reaching the goal than ever.
“Making empty talk is harmful to the nation, while doing practical jobs can help it thrive,” he said, seeming to echo his predecessor Hu Jintao’s approach to government which emphasised economic growth rather than long-term political reform.
Xi did break with tradition in one way however, speaking without notes and appearing far more comfortable and natural an orator than Hu ever did.